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ACC Tournament Bracket 2019, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

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ACC Tournament Bracket 2019, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Known in college basketball as the best conference, year-in and year-out, the ACC had another banner campaign during the 2018-19 season.

The Duke Blue Devils are touting a starting five that could almost certainly compete with any NBA lottery team's starting five. The Virginia Cavaliers are back with a vengance after winning last year's ACC Tournament. North Carolina is flying up the rankings after a rough start and is one of the hottest teams in the country. Then there is also Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State and Louisville that have taken turns in the Associated Press top 25.

Throughout the regular season, Duke and Virginia have been consistently ranked in the AP top five. In-line for two No. 1 seeds there is no other conference, other than the SEC, that comes close to having that much firepower at the top of the conference. 

The ACC will be heavily represented in the NCAA Tournament. There could be upwards of nine teams in the big dance with the ACC on their upper chest.

Easily Duke, Virginia and North Carolina are the favorites to win it all in the ACC. Watching the three of them throw haymakers in the semifinal round will be fun to watch - and to see which fourth team works themselves in.

But the teams that could cause some trouble in the early rounds of the tournament (Boston College, Miami, Notre Dame) may get a win that could knock a team off of the bubble.

ACC TOURNAMENT 2019 INFORMATION:

When is the 2019 ACC Tournament?

The ACC Tournament is March 12-16. The ACC Championship game is on Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 pm.

Where is the 2019 ACC Tournament?

The 2018 ACC Tournament is hosted at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How to watch the 2019 ACC Tournament?

The ACC Tournament will be televised and streamed on ESPN’s family of networks and Raycom. All games can be streamed on the ACC Network and on the ESPN App.

Who is the defending 2018 ACC Champion?

Virginia won the 2018 ACC Championship as the top seed after beating North Carolina 71-63 in the championship game. Behind a 17-1 regular season record, the Cavaliers became the first ACC team to win 20 games against league competition in 2018. But, everyone knows what happened to the Cavaliers in the NCAA Tournament last year. 

ACC TOURNAMENT 2019 BRACKET:

ACC Tournament First Round (3/12, Times ET)
 - No. 12 Miami 79, No. 13 Wake Forest 71
 - No. 15 Notre Dame 78, No. 10 Georgia Tech 71
 - No. 14 Pittsburgh 80, No. 11 Boston College 70

ACC Tournament Second Round (3/13, Times ET)
 - No. 8 NC State 59, No. 9 Clemson 58
 - No. 5 Virginia Tech 71, No. 12 Miami 56
 - No. 7 Louisville 75, No. 15 Notre Dame 53
 - No. 6 Syracuse 73, No. 14 Pittsburgh 59

ACC Tournament Quarterfinals (3/14, Times ET)
 - No. 1 Virginia 76, No. 8 NC State 56            
 - No. 4 Florida State 65, No. 5 Virginia Tech 63
 - No. 2 North Carolina 83, No. 7 Louisville 70
 - No. 3 Duke 84, No. 6 Syracuse 72

ACC Tournament Semifinals (3/15, Times ET)
 - No. 4 Florida State 69, No. 1 Virginia 59
 - No. 3 Duke 74, No. 2 North Carolina 73

ACC Tournament Championship (3/16, Times ET)
 - No. 3 Duke 73, No. 4 Florida State 63

ACC TOURNAMENT 2019 PREVIEW:

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March Madness 2019: LSU sinks Maryland on last-second shot to end Terps’ season

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March Madness 2019: LSU sinks Maryland on last-second shot to end Terps’ season

For those who put Maryland in the Sweet 16... our sincerest condolences. 

No. 3 seed LSU beat No. 6 seed UMD 69-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon. 

With under 30 seconds remaining, Jalen Smith’s 3-point jump shot tied the teams again at 67-67, which stuck for another 25 seconds. LSU’s Tremont Waters’ layup broke that tie and gave the Tigers the win, ending the Terrapins’ hopes of a Sweet 16 game in Washington, D.C.. 

Only three minutes into the game, LSU’s Dorius Days drained a 3-pointer and broke the 4-4 tie, commencing the catch-up game that Maryland was forced to play in the first half, which ended 38-29 LSU.

In the last quarter of the game, the Terps (finally) caught up enough to fight neck-in-neck until the final buzzer. With four minutes remaining, Smith made a 2-point turnaround hook shot to tie up the game 55-55. Under a minute later, Smith’s two free throws gave Maryland the first lead of the game at 57-55. 

Smith racked up the most points for the Terps (15), and LSU’s Skylar Mays had the most for the Tigers (16). UMD shot 33.3 percent, and LSU shot 36.9 percent. Maryland out-rebounded Louisiana both offensively (13-10) and defensively (28-24).

Under head coach Mark Turgeon, this is Maryland’s third first-weekend departure in four tournaments. The Terps made it to the Sweet 16 last in 2016, and as with Saturday’s loss to LSU, 2016 remains to be UMD’s most-recent Sweet 16 appearance. 
 

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No. 12 seed Liberty shocks Mississippi State to earn first-ever NCAA Tournament win

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No. 12 seed Liberty shocks Mississippi State to earn first-ever NCAA Tournament win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Caleb Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:16 to play to send 12th-seeded Liberty to its first NCAA Tournament win in school history, 80-76 over fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night.

The Flames (29-6) were making their fourth tournament trip in school history, but lost twice as a No. 16 seed and once in the play-in game. This year's team had more respect, a higher seeding and capitalized on the opportunity.

Homesley helped rally Liberty from a 10-point deficit in the second half by scoring 14 points in a span of less than five minutes. Cabbil then hit from long range to make it 72-70 and celebrated with an enthusiastic fan section that made the cross-country trip from Virginia for the game.

Liberty did the rest at the foul line to spoil the first tournament trip for Mississippi State (23-11) in a decade.

The Flames advanced to the second round of the East Region to play the winner of the game between Saint Louis and Virginia Tech.

Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs and Reggie Perry added 21.

Cabbil finished with 18 points and Myo Baxter-Bell added 13.

Mississippi State appeared poised to take control when Peters started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and ended it with a layup that made it 63-53 midway through the second half.

The Bulldogs had used their superior size to control the paint on both ends and had broken open a tight game before the Flames responded. Homesley was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three foul shots. He then hit two from long range to cut it to 67-64.

Homesley also hit a backdoor dunk on a feed from Cabbil to make it a one-point game before hitting a long 3-pointer late in the shoot clock to put Liberty back on top 69-67 with 2:34 to play.

After three free throws from the Bulldogs, Cabbil's 3 provided the final lead change of the night.

BIG PICTURE

Liberty: The Flames showed early that they were poised to match up with a Power 5 team. They made seven 3-pointers in the first half and led by four points before Mississippi State scored the final six to lead 37-35 at the break.

Mississippi State: Coach Ben Howland's first recruiting class for the Bulldogs finished on a down note but had an impressive run building the program. Mississippi State went to the semifinals of the NIT last year and made the tournament for the first time since 2009 this year.

UP NEXT

Liberty advances to play the winner of the game between Virginia Tech and Saint Louis.

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